National Apprenticeship Week 2016

Coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, National Apprenticeship Week aims to raise awareness about apprenticeships and to celebrate the life-changing impact they have on learners, employers and the economy.

Now in its ninth year, the 14-18 March marked National Apprenticeship Week 2016, and the key message this year was that ‘An apprenticeship can take you anywhere’, with a particular focus on higher skills to demonstrate how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can ‘rise to the top’ with an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Throughout the week over 30,000 apprenticeships and 1,500 traineeships were pledged by employers using the interactive ‘Pledge-o-meter’. This tool allowed businesses to demonstrate their commitment to vocational training by pledging their apprenticeships vacancies and traineeships opportunities for the year ahead.

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At Highfield, we are passionate to raise the profile of apprenticeships, particularly as an alternative career path so it is exciting to see that many more young adults are choosing an apprenticeship to further their career prospects. We also showcased  how the apprenticeships undertaken by our colleagues Emily, Rob and Sarah resulted in them landing full-time jobs. We are very proud that at Highfield we can offer great progression opportunities for motivated, talented and dedicated team members, and each of our former apprentices demonstrated these qualities and have risen through the ranks following their apprenticeships. In fact Rob who first started at the company as an IT apprentice is now set to manage his own team of e-learning apprentices later this year.

In case you missed it, we’ve created a round-up of all of Highfield’s social media activity during National Apprenticeship Week over on Storify. View it here: https://storify.com/HighfieldABC/national-apprenticeship-week-2016

We’d love to know how your HABC centre celebrated National Apprenticeship Week 2016. Did you host or take part in any events or activities? Share your experiences below.

New Highfield-kits available for apprenticeships and work-based learning

Highfield-kitHighfield has launched a new and updated range of user-friendly Highfield-kits to better meet the needs of learners and educators, and reflect industry changes.

The four kits cover all aspects of the learning programmes offered by Highfield, and are available as physical hardcopies in a folder or as fillable PDF ‘E-kits’, where exercises can be completed and saved digitally, then uploaded and mapped via your e-portfolio provider or online tracking server.

We also offer the opportunity to create bespoke kits with your own branding.

The four different types of kit are:

Apprenti-kits
Our Apprenti-kits support learners as they progress through their apprenticeship frameworks, and provide information and assessments, allowing learners to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding.  They specifically support the knowledge-based qualifications of apprenticeship frameworks, with tasks included to suit different learners’ needs and styles.    Each Apprenti-kit includes a welcome booklet, textbooks and workbooks, while the Essentials of Employment Handbook can be added for an additional £3.50.

Employability-kits
Employability-kits enhance the learning experience of those taking a pre-employment qualification prior to starting a career.  Centres can choose from a wide selection of units to create their own bespoke Employability-kits at Level 1 or Level 2, with a textbook and workbook included for each unit.

Trainee-kits
Our Trainee-kits have been designed to inspire, motivate and engage learners taking a traineeship, and cover a multitude of subjects including business and administration, customer service, retail, warehousing and health and social care. Each Trainee-kit includes a welcome booklet, a work preparation section, textbooks and workbooks. You can build your own kits suited to your programme with many units being available to choose from.

Knowledge-kits
Knowledge-kits cover standalone qualifications in subject areas including business and administration, customer service, team leading and warehousing and storage, and include a textbook and workbook for each mandatory unit of the qualification.

If you would like to purchase any of our kits, sign into the members’ area and add them to your learner registration purchases. Alternatively, click here

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Apprenticeship and traineeship learning resources

Sourcing the best resources for your learners can be frustrating, which is why we have developed a range of materials specifically matched to the apprenticeships and traineeships we offer.

Our Apprenti-kits and Trainee-kits are innovative learner resources, designed to guide apprentices and trainees right through the entirety of their programme, from day one to graduation.

traineeship learning resourcesApprenti-kits cover the mandatory units of knowledge-based apprenticeship qualifications, and include everything that learners need such as textbooks, workbooks and guidance from subject matter experts. Available in nearly 20 subject areas, apprenti-kits are also available as e-kits, using Adobe editable software so that learners can complete them electronically.

Our Trainee-kits are designed to support the government’s new traineeship programme, which are aimed at unemployed young people aged 16 to 24. They are part of the wider apprenticeship family, and designed to give learners the work experience, skills and knowledge that employers need them to have in order to start contributing to their business.

trainee-kitEach Trainee-kit contains a welcome booklet, explaining how traineeships and their component parts work, a work preparation section outlining the work preparation qualifications available, a section allowing learners to reflect on their work experience, plus a textbook for the academic aspect of traineeships and workbooks containing questions and activities mapped to learning outcomes that can be used as evidence of learning. And just like our Apprenti-kits, they come in an e-kit format so they can be completed electronically.

For more information on apprenti-kits, click here

For more information on traineekits, click here

New apprenticeship and traineeship support available

ApprentikitsWe’ve made changes to some our Apprenti-kits, keeping them up-to-date with the latest learning outcomes and ensuring your learners have the knowledge that employers require.

The revised Apprenti-kits cover apprenticeships in business admin, customer service and team leading,  and take into account the latest changes and updates to qualifications and apprenticeship frameworks.

There have also been changes to the Apprenti-kit for Retail, with two new units added, giving learners even more depth in their studies.

Apprenti-kits are an innovative learner resource covering the mandatory units of knowledge-based qualifications within an apprenticeship, and include everything that learners need such as textbooks, workbooks and guidance from subject matter experts. Available in nearly 20 subject areas, Apprenti-kits are also available as e-kits, using Adobe editable software so that learners can complete them electronically.

For more information Apprenti-kits, click here.

Trainee-kits
TraineeshipsWe’ve also recently launched a range of Trainee-kits to support the government’s new traineeship programmes.

Traineeships are aimed at unemployed young people aged 16 to 24, and are seen by the government as one of its flagship training policies.

They are part of the apprenticeship family, and designed to give learners the work experience, skills and knowledge that employers need them to have in order to start contributing to their business.

A traineeship is designed to prepare learners to progress into either employment or a full apprenticeship and can last between 3 weeks to 6 months.

Trainee-kits are now available in the following areas:

  • Active Leisure;
  • Business and Administration;
  • Cleaning;
  • Conflict Management;
  • Customer Service;
  • Fire Safety;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • Hospitality and Catering;
  • Land-based;
  • Legionella;
  • Manual Handling;
  • Retail;
  • Risk Assessment;
  • Underage Sales Prevention;
  • Warehousing; and
  • Waste Management.

Each Trainee-kit contains the following:

A Welcome Booklet – explaining how traineeships and their component parts work.

Work Preparation Section – outlining the work preparation qualifications available and what is required of learners. There is also a section allowing learners to reflect on their work experience and keep a working diary.

A Textbook – providing learners with all the information they need to complete the academic aspect of their traineeship, with Highfield-style illustrations to engage them.

Workbooks – containing questions and activities that have been mapped to learning outcomes. The completion of them can be used as evidence of learning for the relevant qualification.

Trainee-kits are also available in e-kit format, using Adobe editable software so that learners can complete them electronically. Prices are:

2-4 units = £29.95
5-8 units = £35.95
9-12 units = £39.95
13+ units = £45.95

For more information, go call us on 0845 2260350 or email sales@highfield.co.uk